Chrome: Even beyond ads, some websites are so cluttered with autoplay videos, sidebars, and other distractions, they make it hard to actually stick to the one thing you came to read: the post itself. Mercury Reader is a browser extension that cleans up your reading experience in Chrome.
Firefox users have a reader option built right into the browser. And Safari Reader is a similar option for Safari users. Chrome has a reader mode, but it’s an experimental feature and only available on Android devices. Mercury is a solid extension that implements this feature on your Chrome desktop. Once you download the extension, you just click on its icon in your browser when you read something online. Mercury will show you a neat version of the blog post that almost looks like a printable version; it only includes the headline and content. You can also adjust typography and size settings by hitting the gear icon on the upper-right corner of the webpage once it’s in reading mode. A few other features, via the Chrome Web Store:
- Quick keyboard shortcut (Cmd + Esc for Mac users, Alt + ` for Windows users) to switch to the Reader on any article page
- Printing optimization
- Sharing through Facebook, Twitter and Email
Just hit the icon to toggle in and out of Mercury’s reading mode. To check it out yourself, head to the link below.